Allyn P. Goodrich DDS

What is Sleep Apnea?

When loud snoring is interrupted by episodes of obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Serious episodes last more than 10 seconds each and occur more than 5 times per hour. These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?

Signs that you or your partner may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea include: 

  • Loud snoring
  • Observed episodes of stopping and starting breathing during sleep
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Awakening due to shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure
  • Awakening with sore throat or dry mouth

Sleep Apnea is more common than most people thinktake the first steps to a healthier you today and arrange consultation using our simple easy to use online form.


How is your sleep being effected?

How Serious is Your Snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The immediate effect of sleep apnea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and can never reach fully restful sleep. As a result, he may be sleepy during the day, which can impair job performance and make him a hazardous driver or equipment operator. After many years with this disorder, elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement may occur.

When shall I tell my doctor?

Snoring can be a sign of serious health problems. If you experience any of the symptoms, you should consult your primary physician or contact the Dental Sleep Medicine Doctor at Premier Sleep Solutions.

  • Snoring that disturbs your sleep or others
  • Pauses in your breathing during sleep
  • Awakening with shortness of breath
  • Awakening due to shortness of breath
  • Excessive, uncontrollable daytime drowsiness

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What treatments are available?

We can develop a unique solution that suits you

CPAP Treatment for Sleep Apnea

The most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP machine is connected to a mask, which provides a constant flow of air into the mouth and nose, keeping airways open.

Alternatives to CPAP?

Unfortunately, many patients find the CPAP machine uncomfortable and are unable to wear their mask. Premier Sleep Solutions offers treatment for sleep apnea that can improve airflow and help you sleep better.

  • Snoring that disturbs your sleep or others
  • Pauses in your breathing during sleep
  • Awakening with shortness of breath
  • Excessive, uncontrollable daytime drowsiness


Dr. Gardner has undergone specialized training in the fitting of oral appliances used in the treatment of sleep apnea.
"Our advanced equipment makes us unique in that we can accurately measure and determine if a patient would be successful in our treatment before any money is spent on the sleep apnea oral appliance. We are proud to say that we have a high success rate in our treatment."

Dr. Gardner is passionate about helping people who suffer from sleep disorders and recognizes the symptoms before they turn into serious consequences. Snoring is the most physically noticeable precursor to identifying a person with sleep apnea. It is important to realize that most people with sleep apnea will snore; however, not all snorers have sleep apnea. Snoring is defined as an obstruction in the airway that can cause loud sounds and vibrations. Unlike snoring, sleep apnea is caused by disruptions in the airflow that prevent a person from breathing periodically throughout the night. Sometimes a patient experiences several hundred such episodes a night. Consequently, sleep apnea can be identified through snoring, but it is a far more dangerous problem if left untreated.

Many of our sleep apnea patients experience snoring, tiredness or fatigue, frequent sleep disruptions, morning headaches, changes in mood or behavior, memory loss, and choking or gasping for air in the middle of the night. Whether this is a problem that developed over time or has recently entered your life, we realize that these symptoms can often disrupt your lifestyle.

If you experience any combination of the above issues and have been given medication to mitigate the symptoms, we encourage you come see us to treat the source of the problem and to promote complete healing

Costs & Insurance

We Welcome ALL Medical Insurances:

  • We accept PPO & HMO. Not sure about your plan? Give us a call.
  • Participating with most major medical insurances to maximize your benefits.
  • No interest payment plans for cash patients or use your HSA/FSA (Health and Flexible Spending) Accounts.
  • Our expert staff will get the needed documents from your physicians and coordinate with your insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is my sleep apnea treatment covered by my insurance?
A: Yes! Oral Appliance Therapy is covered by most medical insurances (not dental insurance). This is because Sleep Apnea is considered a medical condition. Please provide us with your medical insurance information prior to your first appointment, and we can review your coverage with you at your consultation appointment.
 
Q: What if I do not have medical insurance or need a supplement?
A: Our office provides many convenient ways to pay. We accept all major credit cards. In addition, we are a Care Credit participating office offering easy to utilize no-interest payment plans for oral appliances or dental devices.
 
Of course, we also accept cash and check, and many of our patients like to take advantage of using their Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
 
Please call our main office at 888-684-6192 and allow us to help you answer any questions regarding your insurance or other payment methods. We will do everything we can so that cost is not a factor when it comes to your health.


 

Success Stories of Satisfied Patients

Over the years, Dr. Morris has provided relief for many patients with snoring, sleep apnea, and CPAP intolerance. Many of them write us to tell us how treatment has changed and improved their lives. This is why we are truly in business!

The Amazing Oral Appliance Device
I have been on the CPAP machine as treatment for sleep apnea for 3 years, and even though the CPAP was successful at treating my sleep apnea, I felt like I was tied to it. When my father became ill and was in the hospital earlier this year, I could not wear the CPAP machine while I stayed at the hospital with him and I was always concerned with having to lug it around while traveling. My boss told me about this oral device that would alleviate all this stress I was having so I decided to check it out. I can’t tell you how amazing it is!
I am absolutely tickled with the results. I have worn it now for a week, I have slept soundly, have not unconsciously taken it off in the middle of the night, and am no longer struggling with hoses or having to wear the “Darth Vader” mask all night. The best part is I am sleeping so well and waking up refreshed! And all I have to do is throw it in my purse when I want to go on a camping or travelling without worrying that I won’t be able to sleep. I want to thank the staff at Sleep Solutions for being so awesome and helpful with this therapy and brightening up my days!

Becky Workman

Success with CPAP Intolerance
"I am sleeping better and it is so much more comfortable to wear than the CPAP. When I was wearing the CPAP, my teeth were cutting my bottom lip open. Now that I wear the oral appliance, this is no longer a concern. Some of the other benefits are that I don't have a mask hanging off my face and I am able to roll over and move about comfortably. I am also able to travel without worrying about hauling a large machine with me.

 I would highly recommend this dental sleep appliance to anyone who has had trouble in the past sleeping with a CPAP machine. C. Yardley

Success with Oral Appliance Device
To Whom It May Concern:
 I am so glad I discovered Premier Sleep Solutions. The testing was easy. I've been using the dental device for about 3 months during the night while I'm asleep and i find it hardly noticeable. Since I've been using the device I feel more refreshed in the morning when I wake up, overall I feel better and my husband is no longer waking me up to tell me I'm snoring. We are both getting a better night sleep, thanks to the help of the wonderful people at Premier Sleep Solutions. Thank you.

 I would highy recommend your services to those who have a problem with snoring and/or sleep apnea. J. Burmm